Red Bull Music Shares Documentary The Note: Zaytoven
Trap Holizay The Tour Underway Now
May 7, 2018 — Hollywood, CA — GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum super producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Zaytoven will release his anxiously awaited full-length debut, Trap Holizay, on Friday May 25, 2018.
In addition to “What You Think,” the full tracklisting promises to bring together some of the game’s heaviest heavy hitters behind the production mastery of this game-changing hip-hop maestro. Stay tuned for the full reveal soon.
Excitement continues building for the impending arrival of the record. In an in-depth feature, High Snobiety claimed, “Trap Holizay, is set to be one of the spring’s standout albums.”
Allowing audiences into his world, he recently teamed up with Red Bull Music for a new documentary entitled The Note: Zaytoven. Watch it HERE. The 17-minute film explores his inimitable creative process and story as told by the man himself and those closest to him, including his mom. Additionally, it intercuts archival behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with collaborators and fellow innovators such as Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman, Young Dolph, Bankroll Fresh, and Cassius Jay. Of the doc, Noisey claimed, “The Note goes deep into how Zaytoven became so essential to rap’s most popular format.” He also recently spoke to Billboard in detail about The Note.
Zaytoven just embarked on his North American headline run—Trap Holizay The Tour. It’s hitting major markets across the country. Check out the remaining dates below.
Trap Holizay season is underway now.
4/24 Spokane, WA
4/25 Castlegar, BC, Canada
4/26 Calgary, Canada
4/27 Vancouver, Canada
4/28 Seattle, WA
4/29 Portland, OR
5/2 Sacramento, CA
5/3 Reno, NV
5/4 Berkeley, CA
5/5 Santa Cruz, CA
5/6 Los Angeles, CA
5/25 Savannah, GA
A true trendsetter, Zaytoven proved integral to the sonic architecture of the Atlanta scene with which he stands synonymous. His influence can easily be felt in nearly every corner of hip-hop and R&B. 2011 saw him win his first GRAMMY® for co-producing and writing “Papers” on Usher’s Raymond v. Raymond. Among countless multiplatinum productions for the likes of Gucci Mane and Migos, he teamed up with Future for seminal 2015 collaborative mixtape, Beast Mode. Everybody from Drake and Nicki Minaj to Rick Ross and Lil Yachty has sought him out.
Unsurprisingly, his musical acumen encompasses more than just beat-making. Born in Germany, raised in San Francisco, and based in Atlanta, Zaytoven’s nickname pays homage to his piano virtuosity. VIBE has hailed him as “Atlanta’s true trap music pioneer” while Complex praised his “singular blend of layered, oscillating synth melodies, ominous organ chords, and booming low-end bass.” Founding Familiar Territory Records, he’s becoming a cultural tastemaker and entrepreneur in 2017 as well.
01 Intro feat. Gucci Mane
02 Left The Bank feat. Young Dolph
03 Go Get The Money feat. Yo Gotti, Rick Ross, TI, Pusher T
04 Wake Up and Cook Up feat. Quavo, 2 Chainz
05 Back On It feat. Offset, Young Scooter
06 What You Think feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih, OJ Da Juiceman
07 Black Privilage feat. Trey Songz, Trouble, Plies
08 Show It feat. Kodak Black, TI
09 Boot Up feat. Future
10 East Atlanta Day feat. Gucci Mane, 21 Savage
11 Strong feat. Lil Uzi Vert
12 Designer feat. Lil Pump, Black Youngsta, Rich The Kid
BROOKLYN, NY – Derrick Lawrence, one of the founders of Aspire Music Group, the label/management team that solely pushes Drake, learned the result of his guilty plea for not filing personal tax returns from 2009 to 2011.
The 48-year-old music mogul will serve eight months in prison for what he calls an oversight.
“It was never a disrespect to the government. It was a lack of knowledge,” the NYDailyNews recorded Lawrence telling Brooklyn Federal Magistrate Judge Peggy Kuo on Monday, April 9.
“It’s my fault for not following up with my accountants who I hired,” he continued.
Lawrence will also have to pay upwards of $600,000 to the federal government in back taxes.
His lawyer, Stacey Richman, said there would be no issue of him getting the money considering the reputation he built for himself in the music industry.
This isn’t the Aspire Music Group’s first rodeo in a big money legal snag. Jas Prince, co-crediting for discovering Drake, famously filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit in 2012 for unpaid royalties — a battle that’s still ongoing to this day.
An injury will keep the 2014 Olympics halfpipe champion from compete in Pyeongchang
Written By | Nate Peterson
Shaun White skipped last month’s Winter X Games while battling the flu to fully focus on the Pyeongchang Winter Games. That decision is looking better now that Olympic halfpipe champion Iouri Podladtchikov — more commonly known as I-Pod — won’t defend his title due to injuries he sustained during a nasty fall in the X Games halfpipe final.
According to the Associated Press, I-Pod practiced on the Olympic halfpipe Friday, but said afterward that it would be “totally unreasonable” for him to compete.
I-Pod, 29, who was born in Russia but competes for Switzerland, slammed his face against the halfpipe while attempting a 1260-degree flip at the end of a run. His legs crumpled upon re-entry and his head smacked the lower part of the halfpipe wall, leaving him motionless at the bottom of the pipe.
After medical personnel rushed to a motionless Podladtchikov, they took about 20 minutes to stabilize Podladtchikov’s neck and strap him into a sled to be taken to Aspen Valley Hospital. In a statement, the X Games said CT scans were negative for a brain or neck injury but that Podladtchikov suffered a nasal fracture.
Podladtchikov made the trip to South Korea with the hopes of competing, with men’s halfpipe qualifying starting Tuesday, he realized competing wouldn’t be possible and plans to go home Saturday.
He said his most recent MRI “certainly showed some improvements. But my state of health remains far too unstable to allow me to compete at the level of Olympic competition.”
That narrows the list of serious contenders for gold to three, barring a major shocker: White, the two-time gold medalist, 2014 silver medalist Ayumu Hirano and Australia’s Scotty James.
White’s focus this season has been on the Olympics.
He met with the media on Thursday and practiced on Friday before marching with Team USA in Friday’s Opening Ceremony and getting a few selfies with Lindsey Vonn and Gus Kenworthy.
She moves daintily, a vision of graceful strength as she pirouettes across the stage.
Photo By/Charle McCullers
Saho Kumagai is a consummate ballerina, a performance artist who paints with a different stroke each show. The Atlanta Ballet dancer may only be on her third season with the company, but Saho Kumagai is a veteran of the art.
“There wasn’t an exact, single point when I knew that I wanted to a professional ballet dancer,” said Kumagai. “I just knew that I always wanted to dance.”
Born in Japan, Kumagai laced up her first pair of pointe shoes at just nine years old. She’d seen a ballerina competition show on TV, and was instantly enchanted by the fairy-like dancers prancing across the screen. After that, she signed up for a local ballet class, and never looked back.
One class a week turned into practices five or six times a week, and before she knew it Kumagai had fallen head over pointe in love with ballet.
When her father’s job moved the family overseas to America, Kumagai was presented with the perfect opportunity to further her career. Dancing had long ceased to be just a hobby to the nine-year-old; she had a passion, and a dream. And that was only going to come true on the American stage.
Once she was in the States, Kumagai began to study at the Boston Ballet School on scholarship. Soon after that, she furthered her studies at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School Professional Division under the tutelage of artistic director Peter Boal. There, she performed corps roles in Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker and George Balanchine’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream.
But in 2014, Kumagai found herself under the bright lights as a soloist in Jean-Pierre
Bonnefoux’s Nutcracker. Later that year, she was ranked among the Top 20 finalists in
Switzerland’s renowned Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition.
Fast forward four years later, and the former apprentice is now a seasoned dancer for the Atlanta Ballet. With lead roles like The Nutcracker’s Marya under her belt, she is no stranger to bright lights and billboards like she once was.
“On stage, my goal is to make an impression on an audience, give them something to talk about later. Even if it’s just a feeling, a memory, or a picture that stays with them, “said the ballerina. “I just want to make them feel something magical.”
As she casts yet another spell on audience after audience, that she certainly does.
New Album Blue Madonna Available For Pre-Order Now, Out January 12th On Interscope Records
Santa Monica, California, – Platinum-selling Interscope recording artist BØRNS releases a new song, “God Save Our Young Blood feat. Lana Del Rey,” today, January 2, via all digital retailers – http://smarturl.it/BlueMadonna. “God Save Our Young Blood feat. Lana Del Rey” has been chosen as the first Beats 1 World Record of 2018, and will be featured on BØRNS’ sophomore album Blue Madonna which is set for release on January 12, 2018. Listen to “God Save Our Young Blood feat. Lana Del Rey” NOW.
Fans can pre-order Blue Madonna now and receive an instant download of four songs – “Faded Heart,” “Sweet Dreams,” “I Don’t Want You Back,” and “God Save Our Young Blood feat. Lana Del Rey.” A limited-edition poster lithograph package of Blue Madonna, as well as special limited edition merchandise, are available at www.bornsmusic.com.
Blue Madonna was produced by Tommy English. Full track listing is below:
1. God Save Our Young Blood feat. Lana Del Rey
2. Faded Heart
3. Sweet Dreams
4. We Don’t Care
7. Second Night of Summer
8. I Don’t Want You Back
9. Tension (Interlude)
11. Blue Madonna
12. Bye-bye Darling
Photos By/ Michael Walker
Tickets are currently on sale for BØRNS’ 2018 North American headline tour with a handful of dates already sold-out. The 2018 headline tour follows a run of sold-out intimate club dates in select cities this fall where Borns treated his fans to songs from his debut album Dopamine as well as new material from Blue Madonna. For more information on tour dates and to purchase tickets visit https://www.bornsmusic.com/tour.
Garrett Borns was living in a secluded tree house in the Los Angeles canyons when he wrote his debut album Dopamine. The album was released in the fall of 2015 to rave reviews with the Associated Press calling it “some of the most heartfelt electronic-based music in recent memory,” while Spin noted that BØRNS “writes brilliant pop songs that worm their way into your heart in an instant.” The LP featured the platinum selling single “Electric Love” and showcased his yearning falsetto. Since the release of Dopamine, BØRNS has performed at numerous festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Hangout, Sasquatch and Bonnaroo and completely sold out his headline theater tour in the spring of 2016.
BØRNS “God Save Our Young Blood feat. Lana Del Rey” eSingle
There’s music and then there’s music for your soul. At first listen it’s not hard to detect which category Mereba lends her vocal abilities to. Born and raised across the east coast, the young singer/songwriter further developed her artistry after moving to Atlanta, and credits Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, and Joni Mitchell as influences. Today, she releases her debut single “Black Truck,” on Interscope Records which is now available at all digital retailers. “Black Truck,” is a sultry track about the struggles and triumphs of life and love. Produced by 9th Wonder (Jay-Z/Erykah Badu/Mary J. Blige), the single pulls softly at your heart strings but exudes confidence with a gritty hook. After a number of successful collaborations with Grammy nominated 6LACK and Dreamville’s newcomers J.I.D and Earthgang, Mereba is ready to set sail for a journey of her own.
You’ve got plenty of ways to watch the action in Pyeongchang
Written By | Chris Welch
The 2018 Winter Olympics officially get started tonight from Pyeongchang, South Korea with mixed doubles curling. This is a new event for the Olympics and comes in advance of Friday’s opening ceremony and the lighting of the Olympic torch. More competition is scheduled for tomorrow including figure skating and freestyle skiing.
If you’re like me and find the highs and lows of the Olympics irresistible, you’re probably wondering about the best way to watch the games. After all, where else can you bounce around from seeing pure elation when someone achieves a lifelong dream to the embarrassment and anguish they show after totally blowing it with one wrong move?
NBC is the official broadcast partner for the 2018 Winter Olympics here in the United States and plans to blanket its various NBCUniversal networks — NBC, NBC Sports Network, USA, CNBC, and the Olympic Channel — with coverage. Here’s how that shakes out:
NBC: 176 hours of total coverage
Daily daytime, primetime and late-night primetime plus shows from Feb. 8-25.
Primetime is at 8PM ET each night except Sundays, when it starts at 7PM ET.
Live primetime coverage of Alpine skiing, figure skating, snowboarding, freestyle skiing and short track speed skating.
Daytime coverage from 3 to 5PM on weekdays and 3 to 6PM on weekends across all time zones beginning February 10th. Coverage includes speed skating, ski jumping, cross-country skiing, biathlon and luge.
NBCSN: 369 hours of total coverage
Live primetime coverage for the first time, plus 10 days of 24-hour programming.
Live men’s and women’s hockey finals.
Medal events in biathlon, bobsled, cross-country skiing, luge, Nordic combined, short track speed skating, ski jumping, snowboarding and speed skating.
CNBC: 46 hours of total coverage
Highlighted by evening curling telecasts, usually from 5 to 8PM ET.
USA: 40.5 hours of total coverage
“Mostly live” coverage of curling and hockey between 7 and 9:30AM ET.
IF YOU’VE GOT TRADITIONAL CABLE:
Cable and satellite TV customers will be able to stream events in their entirety live and on-demand if they miss a must-see moment when it originally airs. The central hub for all of this viewing is NBCOlympics.com if you’re using a web browser or the NBC Sports mobile app, which you can download here for Android or here for iOS.
If events aren’t being televised, you can still watch them live as they happen by streaming. (There’s a pretty massive time difference at play, but NBC is still being aggressive in its TV coverage.) NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will also be packed with highlights that won’t require any kind of cable authentication to view.
Comcast has created a dedicated hub for the Winter Olympics where you’ll be able to quickly get to live coverage or watch curated highlight packages like triumphant moments or devastating mistakes. It’s also planning to offer on-demand Olympics content in 4K HDR. Dish and DirecTV are both doing the same, though you’ll need to own the right equipment for each provider if you want to watch in that glorious quality.
NO CABLE? INTERNET TV IS YOUR SECOND BEST OPTION:
If you don’t have cable, the NBC Sports app will let you stream up to 30 minutes of live video initially. So if you track things on social media and only care about one event or athlete, maybe that’ll be enough to get your fix. After that first viewing, you can watch 5 minutes of live video each day of the Olympics — but that’s really not enough to be of any use. What if you want to see more action live?
If you’ve got an antenna hooked up to your TV, that’s enough to get you primetime NBC coverage and see many of the biggest events. But you’ll still need to find some way of accessing the other NBCUniversal networks (and the online streaming portal) if you want the whole Winter Olympics experience.
It’s here where internet TV services like Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and PlayStation Vue are going to come in handy. Almost all of them offer a free trial if you haven’t signed up before, but those won’t necessarily last long enough to cover everything. Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, and DirecTV Now will give you seven days. YouTube TV’s trial is 14 days, which should be enough to cover everything at the Pyeongchang games. PlayStation Vue’s trial is only five days.
Hulu built a custom interface for the Winter Olympics and will let you follow individual sports if you don’t want to be overwhelmed by stuff you’ll never watch. Don’t you get enough hockey outside of the Olympics, anyway?
The important thing to check is whether or not you get a live feed of NBC with these services, and the answer is going to depend on where you live. Sling TV, for instance, only offers a live stream of NBC in select markets. That’s true for pretty much all of them, actually. Be sure to put in your viewing area zip code with each company to make sure you won’t get stuck with on-demand content and miss out on live events. You’ll still get live access to NBC Sports Network and USA on Sling no matter what, according to the table below:
Another good thing to know: the NBC Sports app will let you sign in with your account credentials for any of these internet TV services if you prefer to watch via that app or from NBCOlympics.com. DirecTV Now, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV are all listed among the supported TV providers. Just scroll down past the list of big cable/satellite companies to get to them.
WATCH IN VIRTUAL REALITY:
Intel has said that over 50 hours of 2018 Winter Olympics coverage will be made available to experience in virtual reality (VR). Google Daydream VR/Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, and Windows Mixed Reality users will all be able to don headsets and experience events in 360-degree immersion. The NBC Sports VR app is what you want to install on whatever device you’re strapping to your face to get you closer to the slopes or luge track.
USE A VPN AND WATCH THE BBC’S FREE COVERAGE
Another option is to pick a trustworthy VPN and pretend to be someone from the UK. With the right IP address (which is where the VPN comes in), you can tune into the BBC’s coverage of the Pyeongchang games for free. The VPN part likely won’t be free, but if you’ve already got one set up for other purposes, the BBC is your path to the drama and suspense.
WATCH THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA
Failing all else, you can count on seeing some highlights, videos, and big moments on Twitter. NBCUniversal will likely clamp down on user-posted content and have some removed, but social networks should be good for something — especially from official accounts tied to the Winter Olympics. Additionally, you can also catch up on the latest news, medal counts, and games results out of South Korea through our sister site, SB Nation.
Mercedes-Benz has become the latest major global brand to offer apublicapology after upsetting the Chinese government on a sensitive subject.
The carmaker apologized Tuesday for hurting “the feelings” of Chinese people by quoting the Dalai Lama in a post on its Instagram account. The move comes just weeks after Marriott, Delta Air Lines and other big names found themselves in trouble with Beijing over how they described politically sensitiveplaces like Taiwan and Tibet.
The Chinese government has launched frequent attacks on the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, calling him a “traitor” and a separatist. Beijing considers Tibet to be part of its territory and comes down hard on any suggestions to the contrary.
Mercedes, which is owned by Daimler, (DDAIF) ran afoul of China’s stance when it paired a quote attributed to the Dalai Lama with a photo of one of its luxury sedans on Instagram — a social media platform that is banned in China.
“Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open,” the quote read.
The ad was posted on Monday and garnered nearly 90,000 likes before Mercedes deleted it the following day, according to a screenshot posted by Chinese state media.
The Global Times, a state-run newspaper that often strikes a nationalistic tone, criticized Mercedes, saying the company was quick to respond to the incident but shouldn’t make such mistakes in the first place.
Mercedes issued a statement in Chinese about the incident on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter (TWTR), offering a “sincere apology” three separate times.
“We fully understand how it has hurt the feelings of people in the country, including our colleagues working in China, we sincerely apologize for this,” Mercedes said, adding that the post contained “extremely erroneous information.”
With its rising middle class and growing economic might, China is a key market for many global brands. Mercedes is no exception.
Of the nearly 2.4 million vehicles it sold worldwide last year, more than a quarter were snapped up by Chinese buyers.
A growing number of international companies have recently found themselves in hot water in China overpolitically sensitive issues.
Authorities last month blocked Marriott’s websites and apps for a week in China after it listed Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as separate countries in its emails and apps. Marriott(MAR) apologized profusely, saying it respects and supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China.
Shortly after that, Delta (DAL) came under fire for similarly listing Taiwan and Tibet as countries. It said it was “an inadvertent error with no business or political intention” in its apology.
At the same time, the owner of European clothing brand Zara was chastised by regulators for listing Taiwan as a country and ordered to rectify the situation.
China and Taiwan — officially the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China — separated in 1949 following the Communist victory on the mainland after a civil war.
They have been governed separately since, though a shared cultural and linguistic heritage mostly endures, with Mandarin spoken as the official language in both places. The government in Beijing has always maintained that Taiwan is a renegade province that is an integral part of its sovereign territory.
Communist China sent troops into Tibet in 1950 to enforce its claim on the region, and has controlled it since 1951 — though the central government in Beijing has faced repeated bouts of unrest from ethnic Tibetans unhappy over its rule.
“Happy Hours” is back on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio in 2018, and host Kevin Harvick wasted no time discussing a juicy topic with special guest Jeff Gordon on the Tuesday kick-off show.
The Stewart-Haas Racing veteran and Gordon, a 93-time winner at NASCAR’s top level and current analyst for FOX Sports, recounted the memorable post-race brawl at Texas Motor Speedway in 2014, a fight in which Harvick, Gordon and Brad Keselowski all played prominent roles.
“It was definitely not one of my better decisions,” Harvick said of the incident.
Egged on by questioning from co-host Matt Yocum, the two — with perhaps the benefit of hindsight — jointly discussed the incident more than three years after it happened.
Tensions were high at Texas that fall. It was the first year of the elimination-style Playoffs format, and late contact between Keselowski’s No. 2 and Gordon’s No. 24 resulted in a cut tire for the Hendrick Motorsports driver. The two were battling for the lead and a spot in the inaugural Championship 4 field.
Gordon attempted to approach Keselowski on pit road post-race, but crews kept the two separated. Harvick, walking by the fray, gave Keselowski a healthy nudge, Gordon grabbed his collar and … well, see for yourself.
“I was standing at the back of the car watching this whole thing kind of go on and really, it was supposed to be a shoulder tap. ‘Hey man get in there and fight your own fight,’ ” Harvick said. “Next thing I know it was just a little bit of a nudge about 4 feet forward.”
“I didn’t even know at the time you were pushing him,” Gordon chimed in. “I just knew he came close to me and my arm reached out and got hold of his collar, and it was, ‘I’m not letting go.’ ”
Harvick noted Gordon was “breathing-fire mad,” who admitted after watching the video of the on-track incident … well, maybe Keselowski was on to something when he told Gordon he “left a hole.”
“I look back on it, I can’t say (Keselowski) did too many things wrong in that situation,” Gordon said. “But I was mad the way it turned out.”